Good morning! I am excited this morning. Today my very first devotion is running over at www.encouragementcafe.com . It’s called Detours Ahead/Detours Behind and obviously, it’s about detours.
When I was working on that devotion I kept thinking back on my life at the detours. God revealed to me that it was the detours I had not taken that had resulted in my journey. We are born into a world that says “living for self is right”, that we must focus on ourselves and that what we want is the most important thing. But that is not true. I kept my eyes on me for many years. There were times that I would try to change direction but I could not do it by myself and I was too ashamed of what I had done in order to ask for help.
The 20 years that I mentioned in my devotion at Encouragement Café encompassed an abortion, two failed marriages, struggling with addictions, and countless victims of my selfishness littering the road of my life.
Scripture says, “and a child will lead them” and my daughter did. She was my DETOUR, DO NOT ENTER, CAUTION, ROUGH ROAD AHEAD sign that God put up in front of me.
I would do for her what I did not feel I deserved for me.
She was worthy of a heavenly Father. She was good and pure and innocent and she needed to have a relationship with God. She was the detour that put me on my knees praying for her. The detour that turned my direction back to church so that she could attend and learn. The detour that forced me, praise God, to change my direction and begin to follow Him.
God used my daughter and the encouragement of the man I now call my husband (WH) to get us off the broken road. I promise my friend, even though it’s not easy, even though I still make mistakes, the journey now, the view, the scenery, and what I am learning along the way, it is worth making the detour.
Prayer: Dear Father, Thank you for constantly offering your lost and hurting children an opportunity to take a detour and follow You to safety. I pray for my friends that are reading this Father that you will give them eyes to see the direction that they are traveling and if it is a road that is filled with danger and going in the wrong direction that You Father will guide them to where You would have them go. Thank you for all you have given each of us God, the realized and the unrealized. Your mercy and love restores every life to one of beauty and perfection in You Father. Thank you. Amen.
I will be giving away a copy of Encouragement Café’s Devotional “At His Feet”. If you leave comment, you will be entered, if you pass along the link on your Facebook or Twitter page and leave a comment telling me, you will also be entered. The contest closes tonight so pass the word. Thank you for stopping by.
Thank you my friends. This trip is going to be amazing. Journey with me.